Bala Town to host Cardiff Metropolitan in UEFA Europa League playoff final

Bala Town and Cardiff Metropolitan are to contest the UEFA Europa League playoff final.

The Lakesiders navigated past Newtown at Latham Park on Friday evening after goals from Henry Jones and Kieran Smith helped put the Gwynedd club through.

Cardiff Metropolitan booked their place in a third consecutive final after beating Caernarfon Town 3-1 at The Oval.

Darren Thomas gave the Canaries the lead but an equaliser from Chris Baker, alongside second-half goals from Adam Roscrow and Kyle McCarthy put Met into the final as they survived a late scare from Nathan Craig’s penalty.

A wall at The Oval collapsed in the second semi-final after Caernarfon Town fans celebrated Thomas’ opening goals.

The game was brought to a standstill until the area was cleared. 

Cardiff Metropolitan have been losing finalists in the last two playoffs, losing to both Bangor City and the Cefn Druids.

Bala Town have qualified for Europe through a second place finish and winning the Welsh Cup in recent years.

The Lakesiders have won one playoff final and lost one. Their last being a victory over Port Talbot Town, courtesy of an 89th-minute strike from John Irving. 

The final will take place at Maes Tegid next Sunday with a scheduled kick off of 17:15.

(Featured Image: Naomi Jones)

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